PORT HAWKESBURY: A Richmond County man charged with 12 counts of sexual offenses dating back to the 1960s is scheduled to return to court this fall.

Ninety-year-old Delmore Boudreau of Petit de Grat appeared in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on May 22 for arraignment. Boudreau selected trial by judge and jury in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. On June 1, Boudreau’s lawyer appeared in court to set a date for the preliminary hearing, which will take place on October 22 in Port Hawkesbury. Three weeks were set aside for the preliminary inquiry.

The RCMP laid 12 charges against Boudreau following an eight-month investigation into allegations of sexual assault. The charges include six counts of indecent assault; two counts of sexual intercourse with a minor; three counts of indecent assault; and one count of sexual assault.

According to RCMP, the investigation was initiated after a victim came forward to police in September 2017. A total of nine victims were identified with some coming forward on their own and others after being approached by police. The victims were between the ages of four and 12 at the time of the offenses, which occurred on Isle Madame between 1966 and 1986.